Sony Announces Venom Will Hit The Big Screen In 2018

venomBy Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Nobody saw this coming. We knew that a year ago Sony began working on a Venom film, but out of the blue yesterday, Sony has announced that the film will be hitting the big screen on October 5, 2018.

The reason for the quick announcement may have something to do with other studios shuffling their release dates. In the wake of James Cameron saying that Fox’s Avatar 2 won’t premiere in December of 2018, Warner Bros. quickly delayed Aquaman by two months to take over that now vacant spot. This opened the door for a lucrative tentpole spot in October, which Sony pounced on.

Exhibitor Relations reported that The Mummy reboot director Alex Kurtzman would be helming the project, tweeting the following:

It was an odd piece of news, since Kurtzman also co-wrote The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is what sent Sony to Marvel in the first place to reboot Spider-Man. They then back-tracked reporting that Kurtzman was no longer involved in the project:

For those of you who are hoping to get a glimpse of the symbiote in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming, be warned that Venom will not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Instead, the film will be a standalone movie.

There is an interesting fan theory floating online: The upcoming Sony film Life starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds is secretly a Venom prequel. Hollywood seems to pull out secret sequels (or quasi-sequels) from time to time, with the recent Split and 10 Cloverfield Lane, so there is something to be said about it being a possibility. I seriously doubt this to be the case, but it would be a fun way to introduce the character.

Speaking of which, we don’t know which character will play host Venom, who was originally created by comic legend David Michelinie (and first drawn by fan-favorite Todd McFarlane). While Eddie Brock was the first host for the symbiote (and appeared in the much-maligned Spider-Man 3, which led Sony to the first Spidey reboot), other characters have also been hosts, including Peter Parker’s former classmate Flash Thompson for the military. This is actually the version I hope they go with, personally.

There are benefits and drawbacks of making the character exist outside of the Marvel continuity. The big draw is that creative team isn’t beholden to anything else that is happening, but the downside is we probably won’t have him face off against Spider-Man. It is possible for Venom to go up against someone from Spider-Man’s rogue’s gallery, however, so not all is lost.

Venom will premiere in theaters on October 5, 2018. Stay tuned for more news, including cast and major crew.

About Danny Santos

Freelance writer, filmmaker, actor, musician, and visual artist. Writing online professionally for 4-plus years and has produced and performed in over a dozen films and webseries. He has also been everything from a social media consultant to managing a JUNO award winning musician.